Showstopper expected at Killarney

2017-05-30 06:01
Marcel Angel’s super fast new Ferrari 458 could be a race winner in Saturday’s Sports and GT events at Killarney.PHOTO: Colin Brown

Marcel Angel’s super fast new Ferrari 458 could be a race winner in Saturday’s Sports and GT events at Killarney.PHOTO: Colin Brown

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With entries from two of the fastest sports racing Ferraris in Africa, Saturday’s fifth round of the Power Series sponsored by Wingfield Motors, with media support from KFM, is expected to be a showstopper.

Multiple former Masters V8 champion Marcel Angel (Ferrari 458 4.5F) and Craig Jarvis (Ferrari F430 GT3) will be facing stiff opposition from Johan Engelbrecht’s incredible Porsche GT2-R in the Crossley and Webb Sports & GT events.

The Ferraris are not running as a team, so they will be up against each other while also trying to see off Engelbrecht’s race-winning rocket ship. It could be the race of the year.

Angel will certainly be hunting for bear after being deprived of a well-deserved victory in the recent Africa Mopar three-hour race at Killarney last month – this despite completing two more laps than the eventual winners. (Race rules can be confusing at times!)

Then there are the almost equally powerful Masters V8s where Angel and Jarvis are due to make another appearance. But while the fast fleet includes drivers like Britain’s Stephen Young, Richard Schreuder and Franco Donadio, the guy they are all going to have to catch is Gauteng’s Fabio Tafani, who has had his afterburners on exhibit to them all this season.

Running in conjunction with the V8s, the Makita Formula Supercars have been providing more than their share of excitement in recent events. With an excellent entry, Saturday’s round should be well worth watching.

The Access Auto Classic Car and Kent Homes Fine Car categories are also due to occupy the track together.

Eric van der Merwe’s Porsche 944T and Louis Powell’s replica of Peter Gough’s Escort could be fighting for the Classic Car front end, with Deon Conradie (Toyota Conquest Rsi T/C), Arnold Lambert (VW Jetta) and Robert Toscano (Mazda MX5) doing the same in the Fine Car showpiece.

Then, can anyone challenge the spectacular Danie van Niekerk when he’s at the wheel of his blits vinnige Beemer?

On Saturday, stock car superstar Jesse Huggett (VW Jetta) and Gavin Cerff in a powerful turbocharged Jetta are going to try. We’ll see what happens.

The experienced Chris and Arthur Roberts, sponsors of the Bold Marine GTi Challenge, are going to be in action themselves as they challenge GTi leaders Jano van der Westhuizen and Shane du Toit.

Finally, Dee-Jay Booysen’s home-made Ferrari lookalike is going to be tackling the VW Reynards of Mike Verrier and Garth de Villiers in the single-seater Formula Libre events.

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